Plastic Surgery


What are the Veneers?

Veneers (also called ‘laminates’) are a thin shell like covering which resembles the shape of a natural tooth and is made from a range of materials. These include ceramic, porcelain and composite bonding, but the most popular type of veneer is porcelain. They are “cemented” to the front surface of teeth to improve their cosmetic appearance.

The most popular type of veneers is porcelain, which offers a stronger and more durable alternative to its composite counterpart.

Composite veneers are also more prone to staining and do not last as long as porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers also offer a more natural looking, translucent appearance.

Composite veneers are much cheaper than porcelain veneers in general, but considering that they do not last as long and need replacing more often, they could end up costing more in the long run. Composite work is ideal for small chips, as this treatment preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

There are also no-prep veneers: they are a type of veneer which requires little or no preparation. This preparation involves the slicing away of a small sliver of tooth so that the remaining tooth is then similar in size and shape to the veneer. This means that the veneer will fit exactly over the tooth. They are not suitable for everyone, for example, people with large sized teeth or teeth which are severely misaligned. In these cases some preparation will be required.

There are two types of no-prep veneers which are:
lumineers. They are a wafer thin type of veneer with a shell like appearance which is produced from Cerinate porcelain;
thineers. This is an extremely slim type of dental veneer, made from ceramic, which is worn for cosmetic reasons.

Reasons for treatment with dental Veneers?

There are a wide variety of reasons why patients opt for treatment with dental veneers:

Stained teeth
Badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening or prophyflex treatments can be greatly improved by dental veneers, which function to cover any existing stains on your teeth.

Damaged teeth
Teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or by carbonated drinks, as well as those that have been chipped or broken, can benefit from veneers. A small chip on a tooth can quickly be repaired with composite bonding, also knows as "composite veneers". A single damaged tooth can easily be repaired with a porcelain veneer that has the same characteristics and colour as you natural teeth.

Spaces or gaps (diastimas) between your teeth can easily be closed using dental veneers, giving you a more uniform-looking smile.

Crooked teeth
Veneers are not the ideal treatment for crooked teeth, and from the point of view of preserving your natural teeth structure, orthodontics or Invisalign braces would probably a better solution. However, such treatments can take up to a year or longer.

For teeth that are not severely crooked, veneers placed over their front surface will give a straight and perfectly aligned-looking smile. For this type of treatment, many people refer to veneers as "instant orthodontics", as you get a similar end result in a fraction of the time.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications

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